Transit AVL can improve O&M and reduce operating expenses.

November 1995
Kansas City,Missouri,United States; Winston-Salem,North Carolina,United States; Statewide,New Jersey,United States; London,Ontario,Canada

Summary Information

This report identified major benefits derived from applications of Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS).

  • In Kansas City, AVL reduced scheduled running times and generated an estimated operations and maintenance cost savings of $400,000 annually.
  • In New Jersey, automated fare collection increased revenues by 12 percent and saved an estimated $2.7 million from the reduced cost of handling fare media.
  • In London, Ontario, an AVL system provided continuous schedule adherence saving $40,000 to $50,000 on money needed for schedule adherence surveys.
  • In Winston-Salem, a CAD/AVL paratransit system decreased operating expenses by 8.5 percent per vehicle mile; passenger transport costs decreased by 2.4 percent per passenger trip.

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APTS Benefits

Published By: Federal Transit Administration, U.S. DOT

Source Date: November 1995


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paratransit, demand-responsive transit, automated vehicle location, computer aided dispatch, automatic vehicle locator, AVL, CAD, AVL/CAD, smart cards, electronic fare payment, SmartCard, smart card, SmartCards

Benefit ID: 2007-00450